1st Surface unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment Force completed its mission and returned to Yokosuka base
On 5 October, Escort Flotilla 4, which served as the 1st Surface unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment Force composed of JS IZUMO and JS TAKANAMI, completed its mission and returned to Yokosuka base.
During the approximately four-month mission period, the 1st Surface unit of IPD22 maximized each opportunity to enhance their flexible and mobile naval capabilities and to conduct bilateral and goodwill exercises with the navies of 25 countries in the Indo-Pacific region in order to strengthen cooperation, deepen trust, and foster friendship and goodwill.
Upon the return of the 1st Surface unit to Japan, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, VADM YUASA Hideki said, “Through the activities of our forces, Japan demonstrated that it will not tolerate attempts to change the status quo by force, its strong ties with like-minded countries, and its contributions to the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” and the creation of a desirable security environment for Japan. This is the result of each member of the 1st Surface Group of IPD22 doing his or her best to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to them at their respective positions with a high sense of duty, and we honor the dedication of the members who have completed their duties. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the deep understanding and warm support of their families and friends.” The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to the defense of Japan, the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region as well as the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” in cooperation with allied and friendly navies.